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Simple Social Media Guide for Small Businesses

June 29, 2016

It’s hard to escape the interest, activity and advantages of social media. Platforms are either constantly evolving. With the changing dynamics of the digital communication space, it’s important...

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President Obama Goes to Canada for the North America Leaders' Summit

June 29, 2016

 

The President was in Ottawa, Canada today for the North American Leaders' Summit.

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The Economic Benefits of a 50 Percent Target for Clean Energy Generation by 2025

June 29, 2016

At the North America Leader’s Summit President Obama will be joining the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and the President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto in laying out a historic continental goal of 50 percent clean power generation by 2025. Meeting the goal will involve clean energy development and deployment (including renewable, nuclear, and carbon capture and storage technologies), clean energy innovation (through the Mission Innovation initiative), and improved energy efficiency.

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Secretary Pritzker Promotes TPP Benefits at Retail Leaders Board of Directors Meeting

June 28, 2016

Today, Secretary Penny Pritzker touted the benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to the Retail Industry Leaders Association’s (RILA) Board of Directors during its meeting in Washington, D.C.  Secretary Pritzker also updated the Chief Executive Officers from numerous retail companies on the latest developments related to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework.  This meeting, and previous meetings held by Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews, strengthened relations between the Department of Commerce and the nation’s leaders in retail and manufacturing.

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2016 Hispanic-American Entrepreneurship Summit Works Towards Inclusive Economy

June 28, 2016

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in partnership with the White House, hosted the 2016 Hispanic-American Entrepreneurship Summit at the U.S. Institute of Peace on Tuesday, June 28. The Summit celebrated the work and continual strides of Hispanic entrepreneurs as business leaders in America.

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Spotlight on Commerce: Paulina Montanez, Special Advisor, Office of the Secretary, Executive Secretariat Office

June 28, 2016

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to the Open for Business Agenda.
Guest blog post by Paulina Montanez, Special Advisor, Office of the Secretary, Executive Secretariat Office

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Email: First Lady Michelle Obama Travels In and Around Africa This Week

June 28, 2016

This morning the following email went to the White House email list. Didn't get the message? Sign up for email updates here. 

I see myself in these girls, I see my daughters in these girls, and I simply cannot walk away from them.

First Lady Michelle Obama

Imagine being told that you are not allowed to go to school. Imagine being told that an education -- one of the most fundamental building blocks for a healthy, long, and fulfilling life -- is simply not an option for you.

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Celebrating Shark Week and NOAA Shark Experts

June 28, 2016

The thought of seeing that sleek gray fin moving swiftly through the water might send shivers through some, but for others what lies below the ocean surface, under that fin, is exciting and has become their life’s work.
NOAA’s shark scientists have collectively spent many years studying various shark species. Some of their experts became interested in sharks as children, while others didn’t know much about them until a graduate research project introduced them to elasmobranchs.

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Third Estimate of Gross Domestic Product for the First Quarter of 2016

June 28, 2016

First-quarter economic growth was revised up 0.3 percentage point to 1.1 percent at an annual rate. Strong growth in residential investment boosted real GDP growth, but weakness in business investment—exacerbated by weak foreign demand and low oil prices—weighed on growth. Going forward, increased uncertainty, including uncertainty regarding the consequences of British voters' decision last week to leave the European Union, underscores the importance of proactive policy steps to strengthen the U.S. economy.

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President Obama: "You Have the Power to Shape Our Country's Course"

June 27, 2016

President Barack Obama makes a friendship bracelet while taping a video for Buzzfeed’s TurnUptoVote Week, in the Map Room of the White House, June 23, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

President Obama has teamed up with Buzzfeed and TurboVote to launch "Turn Up the Vote," an initiative to encourage people to engage in the democratic process and register to vote.

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